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A Jealous God

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    Deuteronomy 4: 24
    For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

    Before I started learning how to understand the Bible spiritually these kinds of sentences would trip me up. I did not understand what it meant for God to be a jealous God, and it bothered me because I was thinking of it in human terms.

    But Herbert Eustace in “Christian Science Its Clear Correct Teaching” explains how to interpret some of the terms used to describe God:

    Jealousy, in its ultimate meaning, is that which tolerates no rival, no presence aside from its own.
    Is not this the definition of is?
    Is, by its very nature of being all that is, holds within itself all that is and becomes a law of annihilation to everything apart from itself. There could be no greater jealousy than this….
    On the contrary, the human sense of jealousy envisages something apart from itself, something to be jealous of.
    The understanding of God as the one jealous God, that isness, that is all that is, annihilates the human concept of jealousy by supplying its own perfect completeness.


    I too would be tripped up by such passages. Thank you for this post, it is very helpful!

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